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Alums Receive National Doctoral Fellowships

Jenna Voss (BA 2003; MA 2004) and Natalie Austin (BA 2002; MA 2004), graduates of Fontbonne University's undergraduate program in deaf education and graduate program in early interven­tion in deaf education, were selected to receive fellowships  from  the National Leadership Consortium on Sensory Disabilities (NLCSD). This program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSERS), provides scholarships and student support for doctoral students.  Only 12 students were selected in the area of deaf­ness from a nationwide pool of applicants.

The NLCSD Fellows participate together in a structured added-value enrichment program in addition to their individual universities’ doc­toral programs. The added-value NLCSD Research Based Conceptual Model supplements the research curriculum provided at the NLCSD parent universities.  During the fellows’ studies, there is an ongoing, on-line asynchronous, wiki-based research forum which pro­vides opportunities to critically examine research issues in the field, engage in discussion with faculty and researchers across the country, and engage collaboratively In designing, implementing and disseminating research. The program is designed to prepare future leaders in teacher preparation and research. Jenna Voss is in the doctoral program in speech and hearing sciences at Washington University and is also a part-time faculty member at Fontbonne. Natalie Austin is in the doctoral program at the University of Northern Colorado.

Learn more about studying communication disorders and deaf education at Fontbonne.